Gather some families together and have a ‘Back to School Prayer Party!’ where you pray for kids? (By the way, make sure you say in advance what you’re inviting them to - no bait and switch!!)
Invite the families that you know, have snacks, and then gather people for 10-15 minutes to pray for all of the kids. Go around and ask each child what they would like prayer for, and then invite anyone who to say a quick prayer.
Say something like this, “Let’s take a few minutes to pray about some of these prayer requests we’ve just heard. So perhaps 3 or 4 people - adults or kids - could jump in with a nice, short, loud prayer, that we can all say ‘Amen’ to. And in a couple of minutes I’ll close us up. Perhaps Katie could start us off…” That way everyone knows what to expect, and they are reassured that you aren’t planning on trapping them there for hours!
TIP: Arrange for someone who is a believer to do the first prayer - and make sure they keep it simple (20 seconds-ish), simple, and very easy for others to imitate.
We did this for our neighbors several years ago and it was a huge hit! And it was AMAZING who opened their mouths to pray out loud.
By the way, this is fabulous to do with neighbors who don’t usually go to a church. After all, you’ve got to be a pretty militant atheist not to want a bit of divine protection and support for your kids as they board that big scary yellow bus!
Make the time to go for a prayer walk around a school (or several schools) in your area. If you have children or grandchildren then take them with you and ask what they think you should be praying for.
Use the below prompts as a starting point, but also ask the Lord to highlight specific issues or people to pray for as you do so. Whenever you pass the school in the following weeks remember those prayers and bring them before the Lord again.
Take this prayer guide with you and walk (or drive) around the outside of the school campus you have chosen to cover in prayer. You can of course pray these same things from home!
Use this guide and these Scriptures as a springboard as the Holy Spirit prompts you to pray.
(We’re grateful to Dana Cochran and Long Beach Church Collective for permission to use the prayer guide above.)
1. Ask Jesus to show you which schools, students, and staff He’d like you to be praying for.
2. When can you prayer walk around that school?
3. Can you organize, or partner with someone to organize, a Back to School Prayer Party?
Thanks for joining our March prayer hubs all over Frederick. We had over 50 people join us from over 10 different churches. Check out our Facebook page or instagram for pictures.
Join us every Friday morning at 8:30 am at the prayer house to pray and walk the city. Prayer changes outcomes.
We pray for the county and city every second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm. Join us!